Job Opportunity: Staff Attorney-Public Benefits

We are looking for a dynamic and creative staff attorney, who would be assigned to our Public Benefits Team to enhance our work with low income New Mexicans to address hunger and secure fundamental fairness in the administration of the public safety net.   This is a full-time permanent position.

The work at the Center on Law and Poverty is varied, always challenging and highly rewarding.  The work week is reasonable and the staff superb.  We offer a good non-profit salary and excellent benefits.

Required: Law degree and license; minimum three years of civil litigation experience; demonstrated intellectual or academic excellence; very strong research and writing skills; demonstrated persistence and capacity to lead; ability to problem-solve creatively; detail-oriented; commitment to economic and racial justice in alignment with the mission of the NM Center on Law & Poverty.  Preferred: experience with advocacy seeking systemic fairness in the administration of government benefit programs or in related institutional contexts; experience working with diverse community groups and other allies; familiarity with poverty law; Spanish fluency.

Apply in confidence by sending a resume and letter specifying which position you are interested in and detailing how you meet the position requirements to veronica@nmpovertylaw.org  We are an equal opportunity employer. People with disabilities, people of color, former recipients of public assistance, or people who have grown up in poverty, are especially encouraged to apply.

Job Opportunity: Staff Attorney-Workers’ Rights

We are looking for a highly capable lawyer to join our staff in a full-time permanent position with the Workers’ Rights Team, which fights to improve pay and working conditions for hardworking low-income New Mexicans. We pursue strategic litigation to support community-organizing campaigns for social and economic change, and to ensure that employers and government officials comply with their legal obligations towards working people. More information about the Workers’ Rights Team’s current work is available on our website.

The work at the Center on Law and Poverty is varied, always challenging and highly rewarding.  The workweek is reasonable and the staff superb.  We offer a reasonable non-profit salary and excellent benefits.

Required: Law degree and license; minimum three years of civil litigation experience; excellent research, writing and legal advocacy skills; ‘no-stone-unturned’ thoroughness and persistence; leadership; ability to be articulate and forceful in the face of powerful opposition; ability to problem-solve creatively; detail-orientation; and familiarity with New Mexico.

Preferred: five years or more of civil litigation experience; experience with workers’ rights laws; experience working with organizers and community groups; strong Spanish language skills.

Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and a cover letter describing your interests in social justice and workers’ rights to veronica@nmpovertylaw.org . Please put your name in the subject line. We are an equal opportunity employer.  People with disabilities, people of color, former recipients of public assistance, or people who have grown up in poverty are especially encouraged to apply.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Externships

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty allows selected law students the opportunity to earn credits while working under the supervision of a licensed attorney as part of an Externship Program. Students will have the opportunity to work in the areas of healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. For questions regarding externships, please contact Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada at abuko@nmpovertylaw.org or Preston Sanchez at preston@nmpovertylaw.org.

Paid Summer Internship

The Seth Montgomery Fellowship is a paid ($5,000 stipend) 10 week internship that allows for one outstanding first or second year law student to work with one or several attorneys on issues related to healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. The position requires the student to work full time (40 hours). Applications for the 2016 Seth Montgomery Fellowship will be accepted starting in the spring of 2016 Have any questions? Please email Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada at abuko@nmpovertylaw.org or Preston Sanchez at preston@nmpovertylaw.org.